John the Baptist, the Angel of the desert with scenes from his life

Iconography:  John the Baptist - the Angel of the desert, Decapitation of John the Baptist, Nativity of John the Baptist, Hagiographic Cycles of St. John the Baptist

Date: XIX century.

Material: Wood, tempera,

Dimensions:  height 45 cm, width 40 cm

In the centrepiece of the icon St.John the Baptist is depicted as the Angel of the desert. His figure is placed against the background of two scenes of his life: Nativity and Beheading. In his left hand he holds an opened scroll, his right arm is raised in a gesture of blessing. In front of him lies his cut off head. Above him in the clouds is the Lord of Sabaoth. 

© Omsk M.A. Vrubel Regional Museum of Fine Arts

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